Deputy U.S. Marshal William Rufus Story

Deputy U.S. Marshal William Rufus Story

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, May 2, 1870

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William Rufus Story

Deputy Marshal William Story was shot and killed in a shootout near Grantsville, Utah.

He was attempting to arrest a suspect wanted in Nevada for murder. A sheriff's deputy from Nevada accompanied Deputy Marshal Story to a barnyard where they located the fugitive and his wife. The man's wife distracted the officers, allowing the man to grab the deputy's gun and shoot Deputy Marshal Story.

The the subject escaped but was shot and killed by a posse the following day after being tracked into a canyon. During the final shootout Posseman Festus Sprague was also shot and killed.

Deputy Marshal Story had served with the United States Marshals Service for approximately four years. He was a Union veteran of the Civil War.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Utah
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Shot and killed

fugitive, warrant

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Rest in peace Deputy US Marshal Story.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 21, 2021

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